Bob Plager's Tales from the Blues Bench
Nobody bleeds Blue like Bob Plager, considered one of the funniest men in hockey. Which means nobody else could have written Tales from the Blues Bench. This rollicking book, co-written with award-winning St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Tom Wheatley, details Plager's romance with the Bluenotes from day one in 1967 to the present day. He was an original Blues player, a...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Sports Publishing LLC
(first published October 3rd 2003)
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Plager produces here a short but entertaining read on the life and times of a modern NHL club from its inception in the late 1960s to today's front-office dealings. He's not only a good story-teller, but a great human being who's still involved in the Blues organization, and his stories do a great job of illustrating the changes the sports went through in the past fifty years when they began as part-time recreation to become Big Business (TM). Highly recommended.
Definitely a good read for a hockey junkie, primarily fans of the Blues and old time hockey. Plager comes from such a unique perspective, that of a enforcer instead of a skilled player. The book struggles at times to gain flow and the writing is choppy, but overall some hilarious, interesting stories.
For a life time hockey (and 45+ year Blue's fan), this book is as good as it gets. Bobby Plager has always been one of my favorites whether playing, behind the bench or now as an author. I thorougly enjoyed reading this book, essentially a biography of my beloved St. Louis Blues. Yes... I BLEED BLUE!